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The Sin of Certainty

The Sin of Certainty

I’m reading an interesting book by Peter Enns called “The Sin of Certainty.” The basic idea is that as Christians, we often define faith as being certain that what we believe is true. I could connect with this. As a kid growing up in the church, what mattered most was...
Give People Space for their Own Journey

Give People Space for their Own Journey

It’s important to give people space for their own journey. So often we want to push people to see things from our perspective. But this strategy doesn’t usually work. Religion and Sexuality Here’s an example that happened in my own life: One issue I...
The Return of the Prodigal Son: Where is Our Focus?

The Return of the Prodigal Son: Where is Our Focus?

One of my favorite books is “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen. In the book, Nouwen discusses the parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), and he also walks the reader through his reflections on the painting, “The Return of the...
3 Virtues in the Wizard of Oz

3 Virtues in the Wizard of Oz

I was reading an interesting paper the other day, and the authors argued that the key virtues for a good life can each be found in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The 3 virtues are each connected to one of the 3 “helpers” that Dorothy meets along her...
How to Find the Want Underneath Your Problem

How to Find the Want Underneath Your Problem

Author Jim Dethmer writes that any issue we are dealing with in our life actually reflects a want. And all of our issues and wants boil down to three core wants—(1) security, (2) approval, and (3) control. Security Security is the most basic want, because it has to do...
Understanding the 6 Core Needs: Why We Do What We Do

Understanding the 6 Core Needs: Why We Do What We Do

Why do you do the things you do? For most of us, we aren’t sure. Day to day, we pretty much do our thing and go through the motions. We might have certain goals, like to get married or make a lot of money. But most of us haven’t done an in-depth analysis of what we...
Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

Should We Interpret the Bible Like the Constitution?

I finished reading a book awhile back about what the Bible has to say about human sexuality. It was an interesting read. One of the author’s main points was that it is problematic to pick and choose various Bible verses to support one’s particular position on...
Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. If you haven’t heard it before, Jesus is talking with another religious leader about what you need to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asks the guy what he thinks. What Should We Do? The religious leader...
I Hope We Elect to Kick Ass

I Hope We Elect to Kick Ass

While taking calls on his weekly radio show before the LSU game, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked a simple question by one of the callers: “If you win the coin toss, will you elect to kick or receive?” Saban’s response was epic: “I hope we elect to kick ass!” The...